Stevie Ray Vaughan

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About Stevie Ray Vaughan

With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan emerged as one of the leading modern electric blues artists of his generation, helping to reignite interest in the genre from the 1980s onward. Drawing equally from bluesmen like Albert King, Otis Rush, and Muddy Waters and rock & roll players like Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, Vaughan developed a uniquely eclectic and fiery style that sounded like no other guitarist, regardless of genre. He also enjoyed crossover success, collaborating with artists like David Bowie, James Brown, and Stevie Wonder and scoring mainstream rock hits like "Pride and Joy" and "Crossfire." All of this helped his albums like 1983's Texas Flood, 1984's Couldn't Stand the Weather, and 1985's Grammy-winning Soul to Soul earn gold status. However, his tragic death in 1990 only emphasized his enduring influence in blues and American rock & roll.

Dallas, TX, United States
October 3, 1954

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